Although I lament the circumstances that are bringing us back to The Recorded North, I have to say I’m excited to be here once again!
As I’m sure you know by now, the NFB (National Film Board of Canada) just got dealt a massive budget cut. Because of this, they are being forced to shut down both the Cinerobotheque in Montreal and the Mediatheque in Toronto, their two public viewing branches.
This is devastating to us as ardent admirers of the NFB, scholars of Canadian arts and culture, and sentimental Canadiaphiles (although maybe that’s just me). I’m so riled up about this (not only did I grow up on NFB films, but I’m going to be studying them in a Master’s capacity in the fall), that I want to re-open The Recorded North as a space to try and raise public knowledge of this unparalleled institution, keep people up-to-date on the changes they are going to be going through, and share my own thoughts on their films, people, and legacies.
If this is the first time you’re coming to this blog, I’d like to direct you to this post by means of introduction. As the Cinerobotheque is the first site we’re going to see cut, I think it’s important to understand what was abundant and available within those walls. It’s an incredible shame we’ll have to see it go, but I’m glad we’ll have this, written back in the day, to remember it by.
And hey! If you’re in Montreal, go check it out in person! It will still be open to the public until September, and I hear tell that the outpouring of support they’re receiving at the moment is pretty moving.
And never hesitate to get in contact with us. We want to hear your thoughts on the NFB, past and present, the state of publicly-funded arts and culture in Canada, and whatever else Canadiaphilic as well!